Virtual School Meanderings

January 5, 2012

Live Interview Today (January 5th) – Scott McLeod On School Leadership In The 21st Century

Another Classroom 2.0 item, this one from today’s inbox (and posted now because the event with my fellow CASTLE blogger is this evening)…

A message to all members of Classroom 2.0

Join me today, Thursday, January 5th, for a special live and interactive webinar with Scott McLeod, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Kentucky. We’ll be talking specifically about school leadership in the 21st century, administrator use of social media, changes to teaching and learning because of technology and social media, video games in education, data-driven decision-making, and much more! Scott is someone who is consistently thoughtful and I’m delighted to have him bring his perspectives to our discussions on the future of education.

See you online!


Steve Hargadon

Date: Thursday, January 5th, 2011
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern / 12am (next day) GMT (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page. Recordings of the session will be posted within a day of the event at the event page.
Recordings: The full Blackboard Collaborate recording and a portable .mp3 audio recording will be available within a day of the show.

Scott McLeod is the Founding Director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE), the nation’s only academic center dedicated to the technology needs of school administrators, and was a co-creator of the wildly popular video series, Did You Know? (Shift Happens). He has received numerous national awards for his technology leadership work, including recognitions from the cable industry, Phi Delta Kappa, the National School Boards Association, and the Center for Digital Education. In Spring 2011 he was a Visiting Canterbury Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. Dr. McLeod blogs regularly about technology leadership issues at Dangerously IrrelevantMind Dump, and Education Recoded and occasionally at The Huffington Post.

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November 24, 2011

A New Resource: CASTLE Briefs

Not sure if this is the best day to be passing this on, given that today is Thanksgiving for my American colleagues.  However, as a member of the CASTLE blogging team, I wanted to pass this notice that was originally posted at Dangerously Irrelevant.

I’m pleased to announce a new resource today: CASTLE Briefs.

As our web site notes:

CASTLE briefs are intended to help practicing and preservice school administrators with various technology leadership issues. Between 500 and 2,000 words in length, CASTLE briefs attempt to answer the question, “What do school administrators need to know about this technology leadership topic?” Some CASTLE briefs are classic research or policy briefs; others may be more practice-oriented or focus on thought leadership in a particular area.

ANYONE may write a CASTLE brief. Sometimes we will extend invitations to authors but we also accept at-large submissions. We are open to your ideas about content, format, and style but please note that we frown upon commercial advertisements disguised as briefs. Images, audio, video, and other multimedia are welcome inclusions in a brief. We would prefer APA citation style for your references section. All CASTLE briefs will be made available under a Creative Commons attribution-share alike copyright license.

Our first brief is titled What does the research say about school one-to-one computing initiatives? and is co-authored by Nick Sauers and myself. We also are maintaining a list of example topics and potential ideas and encourage others to add to it. If you’ve got an idea for a CASTLE brief, send us an overview, outline, or completed brief for consideration.

I hope that you will consider contributing to the CASTLE Brief series, either by submitting a brief yourself or at least adding some ideas to the list of potential topics. If you’re a professor, note that writing a CASTLE brief would be a great assignment for your students! (hint, hint)

I’m looking forward to seeing how this develops!

December 7, 2010

2010 Edublog Awards – Time To Vote!

I saw this in my RSS Reader posted at Scott McLeod’s Dangerously Irrelevant blog.

It’s time to vote for the 2010 Edublog Awards, the ‘Oscars of the education blogosphere.’ All votes are due by noon Eastern, December 14. Winners will be announced soon thereafter.

CASTLE nominees

2010ebawardlogoCASTLE blogs – including this one – have been nominated in several categories:

There are scores of excellent sites from which to choose. Go check out the lists and vote for your favorites!

I have to be honest and say that I didn’t actually know I was nominated. Thanks to whomever submitted my name.

November 7, 2010

CASTLE Blogs Now Automatically Posting On UCEA Twitter, Facebook

Okay, so Professional Development In Your PLN – Virtual Schooling Style wasn’t the only blog entry today…   As I’ve mentioned a few times in the past, Virtual School Meandering is part of a group of bloggers that are associated with Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE).  Scott McLeod, who is the man behind CASTLE, regularly sends us updates about the various CASTLE blogs and other activities he is involved in to promote what we do.  While not directly related to K-12 online learning, I wanted to share with you this month’s update so that you can check out some of the other educational leadership blogs and activities that CASTLE and Scott are providing.

Blog posts: As promised pre-Convention, every time there’s a new post on Quality Leadership Matters (UCEA’s home page) or one of CASTLE’s blogs, that post now will be sent to UCEA Twitter and UCEA Facebook. This means that you won’t have to remember to send those to either UCEA account; they’ll just go automatically.

Exceptions: I did not enable UCEA Twitter/Facebook updates for CASTLE’s most tech-oriented blogs (1to1 Schools, Educational Gaming, and Virtual Schools). Even though Ed Leadership folks need a heavier dose of tech in their lives, they don’t necessarily realize it and I didn’t want to turn folks off of the UCEA Twitter/Facebook feeds by making them too tech heavy. What’s left for the UCEA crowd thus is primarily leadership-, not tech-, oriented…

BlogTalkRadio interviews: Every time there’s a new interview on UCEA’s BlogTalkRadio account, that too will go to both UCEA Twitter and UCEA Facebook.

My Twitter: FYI, I’m now automatically posting all QLM and all CASTLE blog updates (including the exceptions above) to my own Twitter account. That hopefully should result in a little greater exposure for everyone…

I’ll try and post these more regularly to help highlight my involvement with CASTLE and the interesting and thought-provoking colleagues I have in this community.

July 23, 2009

FLVS Game: Conspiracy Code

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conspiracy_codeAbout a month ago I first posted an entry about a presentation at the 2009 Games, Learning & Society conference about a game created for the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) called “Conspiracy Code” (see K-12 Online Learning And Games, Learning & Society 2009).

So, a week or two ago, I noticed that Scott McLeod had posted an entry entitled “NECC – My adventures with Horse & Hound magazine: Florida Virtual School, Achieve3000” on his blog Dangerously Irrelevant.  In this entry, he describes his experiences with an interview he conducted with Julie Young and Andy Ross of the FLVS about this US-history game that they use to teach the year long course.

Take a look at Scott’s entry – and the Vimeo video (which you can access by clicking on the image too), and tell me what you think.  In addition to the video, Scott has also posted this printed material:

In my earlier entry about this I mentioned that I thought the Academic ADL Co-Lab at the University of Wisconsin–Madison may be involved in this project – but have later found out that they were approached, but decided they weren’t interested as the project began to move forward (and I’d be interested in hearing some of the reasons why if anyone wanted to comment here or e-mail me privately).

Finally, after posting his original entry Scott has had some additional thoughts about gaming in education – see Do most educational games suck?

Note that I have used both my own tags and all of the tags that Scott used for his original entry as well – which accounts for the higher than usual number of tags and categories.

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